A few weeks ago I moved to California from Dallas, and my mail is slowly catching up with me. So earlier today I was flipping through the June 16 issue of Entertainment Weekly and was pleasantly surprised to see a rather large image of C Hill’s gallery comic, Stars, Crosses, & Stripes, featured in their “Listen to This” section (i.e. their subscriber only section, which also featured a blurb on Sloth).
I interviewed Hill back in April after he sent me a copy of his work, which combines the format of a poster with the narrative of a comic book. It’s an awesome and unique piece that tells a touching story. Here’s one of my favorite passages from the interview:
…from up close, the stars behind the silhouette of my grandfather blur and disappear in the line pattern; but if you step back, they reappear thanks to the phenomenon of optical blending – a key tenet of the technique of the Impressionists. Using that same concept of viewing distance, in “Stars, Crosses, and Stripes,” all the markers –– the crosses and stars of David — look similar from a distance. Just like us. From far away, we look more alike than not. Yet, when you get close, you take in each one’s uniqueness. So in “Stars, Crosses, and Stripes,” not only has each marker a caption portraying a singular aspect of that person’s life story, but each panel design is one of a kind.
You can read more about Hill and gallery comics on the Kameleo website.